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Press Release Archive

WHO-commissioned report on e-cigarettes misleading, say experts

05 September 2014

World leading tobacco experts argue that a recently published World Health Organization (WHO)-commissioned review of evidence on e-cigarettes contains important errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations putting policy-makers and the public in danger of foregoing the potential public health benefits of e-cigarettes.

New review says current evidence suggests potential benefits of e-cigarettes outweigh harm

31 July 2014

A major scientific review of available research on the use, content, and safety of e-cigarettes has concluded that although long-term health effects of e-cigarette use are unknown, compared with conventional cigarettes they are likely to be much less harmful to users or bystanders.

Warning: Birthdays Can Be Bad for Your Health

22 July 2014

New study finds more than double hospital admissions for alcohol-related events around birthdays

Study finds one out of eight deaths among young adults is related to opioid use

07 July 2014

Rates of opioid-related death increased dramatically in Ontario between 1991 and 2010, rising from 12.2 deaths per million in 1991 (127 deaths annually) to 41.6 deaths per million in 2010 (550 deaths annually) - an increase of 242 per cent - according to a study by researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and St. Michael's Hospital.

Hazardous drinking in UK athletes linked with alcohol industry sponsorship

02 July 2014

New research from the University of Manchester (UK) and Monash University (Australia) shows a link between alcohol sponsorship and hazardous drinking in UK athletes.

UK supermarkets minimise price rises for the cheapest alcohol when taxes are increased

24 June 2014

Supermarkets in the UK could be hindering efforts to reduce harmful drinking by not fully passing tax increases onto the price of the cheapest beers and spirits, according to health and business researchers.

Wastewater Analysis: A New Source of Monitoring Illicit Drug Use in Europe

27 May 2014

Largest multi-city study on drug wastewater analysis released today

Safety in Numbers: Moderate Drinking in a Group Reduces Attraction to Risk

22 May 2014

New research led by the University of Kent shows that individuals who have consumed moderate amounts of alcohol in social situations are likely to view risky situations with greater caution when considering them as part of a group.

E-cigarette use for quitting smoking is associated with improved success rates

20 May 2014

People attempting to quit smoking without professional help are approximately 60% more likely to report succeeding if they use e-cigarettes than if they use willpower alone or over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies such as patches or gum, finds a large UCL survey of smokers in England. The results were adjusted for a wide range of factors that might influence success at quitting, including age, nicotine dependence, previous quit attempts, and whether quitting was gradual or abrupt.

Abstention from alcohol has increased sharply among Australian adolescents

10 April 2014

A broad change in drinking behaviour has occurred among Australian adolescents in the last decade. The percentage of Australians aged 14-17 who do not drink alcohol has increased from almost 33% in 2001 to over 50% in 2010. This trend has occurred broadly across a wide range of regional, socio-economic, and demographic subgroups.